Sunday, March 11, 2012

So You Want To Sell in an Antiques Mall

Debbie, you have been a great supporter and helper to newbie bloggers and
I want to thank you for sharing the why, how to, giving great examples
and just plain being a great lady.
I check out your blog every day and meet lots of great new bloggers that way.
Again, Thanks Debbie

I linked this post which is more philosophy than art this week because it shows me that I have kept the same values I wrote about a year ago when I was sharing 'why' and 'how to' with other bloggers.

Welcome to new followers last week:

I wrote this a year ago and stand by what I wrote then.

Repost from TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011

What do I suggest to someone wanting to be a seller (dealer) in a collectibles/antiques mall?

What do I suggest to someone wanting to be a seller (dealer) in a collectibles/antiques mall?  I've listed a few suggestions that have helped over the years. I may write more another day.

1. Its hard work. You have to do the work yourself. Your business, your labor. You need to be a self-starter and you need to be able to work through adversity.

2. Paper work is extremely important. Be legal. Do it right. File you taxes. 

3. Keep records and receipts. Be organized. Have a paper filing system. Use an accounting program for costs and profits, and keep an inventory (I use a spreadsheet program to track stock in, sold, unsold). Match your record keeping to the tax deductions for your small business. Saves hours of time in April every year.

4. Find the stock. Be a good buyer, fair in your offers, kind in your speech. Be inventive. Only display clean stock. Repair, refurbish, polish stock. Be honest. 

5. Study. Read books, articles, newspapers, find trends, study on line. Be flexible. 

6.Price fairly (a huge study in itself).

7. Work the space you are renting. What does that mean? Put in fresh stock, move things around, re-group, theme, look around you - what are others in the mall doing - don't copy them. Be true to yourself. Your returning customers have expectations that you help set up with your stock and presentation. Clean. No chips, cracks, damage unless you state that on the tag. Don't try to 'trick' others with poor quality stock. Its your reputation. Remove stock that doesn't work in your booth and let it go or reinvent it.

8. Be sincerely nice to everyone. Say positive things to other dealers, resellers and customers. Don't take cranky people seriously. Don't be a phoney.


  1. Hello Joy, big thank you for your help with the blog header collage!
    I love looking at antiques but have no idea how on earth you go about pricing things.It all sounds like it taxes the brain too much for me. I will carry on being the customer!

  2. I still think back to this post Joy and remember all the smart advice!

  3. Thanks for bumping this post back up Joy. I am contemplating renting a space in a little antique shop right close to my home. This is very helpful information :)

  4. The booth looks great. I rented a space once upon a time, and your tips ring true.

  5. You are awesome! It is always fun looking back to see how we felt about something or what we had written. I try to stay pretty consistent most of the time. There are times I have been wishy washy though LOL. I appreciate you joining in on the reunion, and I hope you meet a few new friends today.

  6. Hi Joy, I saw your link at the newbie graduation party! I'm sure we met at the newbie party. Your booth looks fabulous, and I see so many things that I'd like to have from it.

  7. Great advice! Your booth is cute too! Visiting from the newbie reunion!

  8. All super advice. I'd love to try this someday.


  9. All great advice. Work, clean and rearrange the booth....always.

    Im now following you. Please come visit me at

    THANKS 8-)


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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